About Kansas Sons of the American Revolution

Our Purpose

The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society in the United States and whose members trace their heritage to the War for Independence.

The Kansas Society was formed on March 31st, 1892 with sixty charter members. The membership, which has included past state governors, reside in many communities across the state.

Today, the SAR perpetuates the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.

What does Kansas Have to do with the Revolutionary War?

Kansas Sons of the American Revolution honor various individuals for their service and promote patriotism  in high schools, Scouts of America and other functions and organizations. KS SAR also commemorates Revolutionary War Patriots with ceremonies. SAR also cooperates with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution and other hereditary organizations in the promotion of patriotism.

Learn more about what we do.

Our Purpose

Celebrating Stories of Patriotism, Courage, Sacrifice, Tragedy & Triumph

Welcome from Our State President

Welcome to the Kansas Society Sons of the American Revolution website. As the current president of the Kansas Society I would like to tell you more about who we are and what we do.

SAR is a male linage organization comprised of men who have traced and documented their ancestry back to a person who contributed to the cause of Independence from England and King George III. This contribution must have taken place between the years of 1774 and 1783.

Today, we have many aspects to our society from volunteer work supporting veterans, making presentations in the schools on the American Revolution, youth scholarship contests, aiding in genealogy documentation for prospective members, and many other endeavors. We strive to secure the preservation of the history, our Constitution, and promote respect for the sacrifices that our direct ancestors made to secure for us the Nation we live in today.

Browse our site and if you have interests in any specifics, please feel free to contact us.

And if you feel that you may qualify to become a member of this most honorable society, we would be glad to assist you with your application.

Vernon Welkner
President Kansas State Society SAR

Our Accomplishments

The Kansas Society is proud of its SAR record:

  • Established the National Society Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout Recognition & Scholarship Program
  • Winner of National Society Sons of the American Revolution Americanism Award seven consecutive years (1993-2000)
  • Three-time Winner of the President General’s Color Guard Trophy (1995, 1996, and 1998)
  • First complete SAR Color Guard to travel so far, to historic Concord battleground, to participate in Patriots’ Day activities along with Massachusetts and Connecticut Color Guards
  • First SAR Color Guard to carry the Colors at an NFL football game, three out of four consecutive years, before 80,000 fans saluting the flag
  • First National Youth Life Member to become a full-fledged Son of the American Revolution (Paul Bryant Basler of the Delaware Crossing Chapter)
  • Home society of former SAR President General Arthur M. King
  • Proclamation from Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of the State of Kansas

Resources To Learn More and Research

The Kansas Society is pleased to support the Children of the American Revolution in their objectives to promote patriotism among children under 18, prior to their becoming members of the SAR or DAR.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

Patriot and Graves Index

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution Patriot / Graves Index is a database combination of the previous National Society Sons of the American Revolution Revolutionary War Graves Registry (Book and CD), information from the National Society Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Index CD (2002), and additional information and updates from various State Grave Registry Databases. This database will continue to expand as new patriots and graves are found.

This database is available for the purpose of general research and assisting with the SAR membership process. The sources contained within this database are NOT acceptable as proof of service for an SAR application. You must still find the original reference to the service when submitting an SAR application.

Please be aware that the Patriots and grave information is NOT a comprehensive list of all the individuals who served in the American Revolutionary War.

Search The Patriot and Grave Index